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Rossi and Edwards quick to get going in Qatar

Yamaha press Release .

Qatar, Losail
6/2/2006

Testing for the first time at the Losail International Circuit in Qatar, Camel
Yamaha Team riders Valentino Rossi and Colin Edwards were pleased to get back in
the saddle on their new 2006-specification YZR-M1s today. Both riders made the
most of good temperatures to put in some fast laps at a track where both of them
enjoy riding. Although they are only joined on the track here by the MotoGP
Teams of Suzuki and Tech 3 Yamaha, as well as test riders from Ducati and
Kawasaki, Rossi and Edwards were encouraged to finish the day at the top of the
time sheets and are looking forward to more improvement over the next two days.

Both Rossi and Edwards were inside the lap record of 1'57.903; the World
Champion with a time of 1'57.36 after just 48 laps and his American team-mate
just behind after 77 laps with a best time of 1'57.52. Suzuki rider John Hopkins
was third fastest with a time of 1'57.66 and Tech 3 Yamaha pilot Carlos Checa,
making a return to Yamaha after a year's absence, was fourth with a lap of
1'57.94.

Valentino Rossi (1'57.36, 48 Laps)
"It's always nice to be fastest, although of course here we don't have Honda or
Ducati. Everything went very well today and I am pleased with this first day of
work. As we're quite close to home I have no problem with jet-lag, unlike at
Sepang, so I feel like I have plenty of energy for these three days! The
temperature is about 15 degrees cooler than at the race last year and so we are
able to have quite good grip and to use the tyres at 100%, enabling us to go
quite fast. Anyway with the new bike we have much more grip than with the old
M1, but as in Sepang we have a tiny bit of chatter, so we are doing a lot of
work with Michelin to fix that. Michelin have come here with many new tyres and
so we are working a lot with them to test as much as possible. The new bike is
already at a good level and now we are working hard on finding the right
settings for it. I'm looking forward to the next two days."

Colin Edwards (1'57.52, 77 Laps)
"Unlike Valentino I get pretty bad jet-lag here, coming from the US, so I felt
pretty tired today! I hope to get a good night's sleep tonight and to have a bit
more energy tomorrow. The track is getting cleaner by the minute as more rubber
gets laid down, so the grip is improving all the time; it's already much better
than in the race last year. Michelin have a lot of new tyres here so we're
spending a large part of our time on testing the new stuff with them. I really
like this track, I've always gone good from the first time I came here so it's
an enjoyable place for me to test, plus the weather is great. The new bike
really is better in every way and now I've just got to build my confidence with
it. At the moment I am feeling stronger with every lap. It was a good first day
and I was pleased to be able to get going so well so quickly."

Daniele Romagnoli - Colin Edwards' Crew Chief
"We very quickly found a good base-setting here today, much better than what we
had at the race here last year. We've improved the front-end grip a lot and
therefore Colin has much more confidence already in the front. It seems the new
bike works well at this track and the lap times were good today. We made a good
start."


Unofficial Lap Times:
1. Valentino Rossi (ITA) Yamaha, 1'57.36
2. Colin Edwards(USA) Yamaha, 1'57.52
3. John Hopkins (USA) Suzuki, 1'57.66
4. Carlos Checa (SPA) Yamaha, 1'57.94
5. Chris Vermeulen (AUS) Suzuki, 1'58.62
6. S. Ito (JPN) Ducati, 1'58.90
7. James Ellison (GBR) Yamaha, 1'59.81
8. Olivier Jacque (FRA) Kawasaki, 2'00.43

Losail Lap Record: Nicky Hayden (Honda) 2005 - 1'57.903
Losail Best Lap: Loris Capirossi (Ducati) 2005 - 1'56.917

Ambient temperature: 24.7 degrees
Track temperature: 38.0 degrees
Humidity: 73%


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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-06-2006, 07:22 PM
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When John Hopkins is only a 1/2 second behind you,then you better not feel like you were fast.... lmao



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umm, John set a lap 1.5s faster than his qualifying lap last year... on race tires.
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and................. :laugh











he's still slow.... lol

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